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Family Programs

The Institute will present three Family Open House Programs during the year.  These highlight a few of the many fields of scientific study and exploration that have been a part of the Wagner's curriculum for the past 160 years.  Presentations are given in the historic lecture hall with scavenger hunts, crafts, and other activities taking place in the museum.


These family programs are appropriate for ages 6-12 but are enjoyed by older children, teenagers, and adults alike.


The Institute is open from 12-4 PM on these days.  

The collection may be viewed without attending the program. 



Wagner's Winter Wonderland: The Ice Age

Join us for hands-on, Ice Age-themed activities, scavenger hunts of our museum, and demonstrations that will teach you more about this fascinating period of Earth’s history.

During the afternoon we'll be joined by geochemist Dr. John A. Higgins from Princeton University, who will be in our historic lecture hall presenting his research team's recent

ice core studies in Antarctica and what they tell us about the Ice Age.


NOON - 4:00 PM


SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

Be a Geologist for a Day!

Dig deep under the Earth and learn about rocks and the Earth beneath us as you participate in hands-on and interactive activities about rocks and minerals.

Don't be afraid to bring your own rock collections--we'll identify them together!

Part of the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival Program.

NOON - 4:00 PM